Using "the"...

Reply Wed 5 Jul, 2017 09:55 pm
I believe both of the following sentences are correct. But what is the difference if I use "the" or not...?

1. Mr. Smith plays violin.

2. Mr. Smith plays the violin.

I seem to recall that if you play violin, you play in a group (orchestra, quartet, etc.). If you play THE violin, you generally play solo (or with a piano accompaniment).

Or does this make absolutely no difference?
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Reply Thu 6 Jul, 2017 12:56 am
Both sentences mean the same.
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